Classical Education historically has embraced the study of literature, poetry, drama, philosophy, history, art, and languages. In the 20th and 21st Centuries, Classical Education has been defined as a “broad based study of the liberal arts and sciences.”
What we know about how Classical Education meets the educational needs of our students.
In our students in Grades Kindergarten through the second grade we anticipate that we will see:
- Children who are obviously excited about learning.
- Children that enjoy games, stories, songs, and projects.
- Students with short attention spans.
- Students that want to touch, taste, feel, smell and see.
- Students who are imaginative and creative.
In meeting the educational needs of our children, Grades K-2, the Classical Education approach advocates: guided discovery, exploration, finding things, using lots of tactile items, singing, playing games, reciting, coloring/drawing/painting, building, using body movements, (short) creative projects, showing and telling (sharing), drama, hearing/reading/telling stories, and field trips.
In our students in Grades three through six we typically see:
- Students excited about new and interesting facts.
- Students who like to explain, figure out, and talk.
- Students who want , and like, to relate topics of discussion to their own experiences.
- Students who like to collect and organize items.
- Students who like clever chats and rhymes.
- Students who can easily memorize.
- Students who can learn another language well.
In meeting the educational needs of students, Grades 3-6, the Classical Education approach advocates: lots of hands-on work, projects, field trips, drama, making collections/displays/models, integrating subjects (through the above means), teaching and assigning research projects, recitations/memorization, drills, and games.
In our students in Grades 7-8 we typically see:
- Students who are still excitable but needing challenges.
- Students who are critical and enjoy debating issues.
- Students who like to organize items.
- Students who show off their knowledge.
- Students who want to know “behind the scenes” facts.
- Students who are curious about why for most things.
- Students who act as though they are more knowledgeable than adults.
In meeting educational needs of our students, Grades 7 and 8, the Classical Education approach advocates: the use time lines, charts, maps (visual materials): debates, persuasive reports, dramatic reenactments, role playing, evaluating and critiquing (with guidelines); formal logic, research projects, oral/written presentations, guest speakers, and field trips.